2012 saw the first-ever Austin Food and Wine festival. I moved to Austin three years ago and always wanted to go. And my dream came true in 2021. After the event got cancelled in 2020 (thanks to COVID19), Austin Food and Wine Festival 2021 returned and how!
Austin Food And Wine Festival 2021: A Recap
This year the Austin Food And Wine Festival 2021 took place in Auditorium Shores from 5th to 7th November. I was impressed with their arrangements of making sure that only vaccinated people or audiences with negative test reports were allowed.
The park saw some of Austin’s most beloved spots with their signature dishes, celebrity chefs from Texas with live demonstrations and book signing, brilliant wine and spirits companies with their tasting and signature cocktails!
If you are ready to eat and drink all day, this place is for you and don’t miss the fest in 2021!
Food, Food and Just Food
Long queues were worth the wait! Here are a few notable places sampling their specialities:
- Licha’s Cantina
- Juliet Italian Kitchen
- Lonesome Dove Austin
- Barlata Tapas Bar
- Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum
…and 20 more places.
I loved the Bento Picnic for its excellent vegetarian options!
Also, I love the Ooni Pizza Oven serving some unique pizzas! New York’s Bryan Ford and Miriam Weiskind and California’s Jonathon Schuhrke operated the Ooni booth and served some amazing and inventive pies. And that reminds me the live cooking demonstrations – just too much to learn for home chefs like me!
And did I mention, the eternal love of Texas, H.E.B. was there too! H-E-B offered a delicious sampling menu of grilled meats and delicious, grilled, organic produce, both seasoned with fresh herb-made rubs and marinades. Perfectly paired with an array of wines, hand-picked and poured by in-house H-E-B Wine Specialists, the whole spread was delightful!
The best stop was the wine tasting session. It was different because I have not had a variety of German wines, and this was powered by Wines of Germany, U.S.A.
Pro – tip: Make sure to reach 30 minutes before the session to grab the best seat!
This was one boozy festival, to put it straight! Many spirit brands offered their tastings – which was great! I don’t remember what all I had, but I know my glass was never empty! Here are a few of the gazillion spirits being offered
- Austin’s Deep Eddy’s Vodka
- Kentucky’s Maker’s Mark
- Tennessee’s George Dickel
- Austin’s Truly Hard Seltzer
- US – brewed Stella Artois
- Austin’s Tito’s Vodka
…and, of course, many more!
Austin Food And Wine Festival 2021: Closing Set
Austin legend DJ Mel closes the festival with a set of popular favourites (think Prince, Madonna, Beyoncé, Daft Punk, and classic hip-hop) before the crowd disperses. The festival ended with dancing and revelry during the final 90 minutes of the weekend.
The Fire Pits: The Show Stealer
There were interactive fire pit presentations! Anything coming out of the fire pit is always worth a try! Among others, North Austin barbecue restaurant Interstellar B.B.Q showcased how it’s done!
This was my first time, so I definitely missed a lot of spots. But I am going to be there again next year!
Don’t forget to check my reels and story highlights on Instagram for some amazing videos of the Austin Food and Wine Festival 2021!
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